Chairman of the Board of Directors and Non-Executive Director – Appointed 30 October 2012; last re-elected 2021 AGM.

Mr Li was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors on 29 November 2019.

Mr. Li Yijie is the Chairman of the Board of Lite Smooth Investment Limited.

Mr. Li has been the President of Guangdong Jiarun Industrial Co., Ltd since 2000, which is a diversified investment group, with total assets of RMB 5 billion.


Managing Director and CEO: Appointed 22 November 2007; last re-elected 2014 AGM

Mr Kerr was appointed as a Director and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hawthorn Resources Limited in November 2007, which merged with Ellendale Resources N.L in June 2008. In June 2016 the Board of Directors resolved to appoint Mr Kerr to be Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect from 24 June 2016.

Mr Kerr is an experienced director and advisor to listed and private companies and is a director of Berkeley Consultants Pty Ltd which specialises in public relations and reputation management consultancy. In addition to his business activities, Mr Kerr’s community involvement currently extends to being a member of the Victorian Committee for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; a committee member of the St Vincent’s Institute Charity Golf Day Committee and a board member of International Specialised Skills Institute Inc.

Mr Kerr is non-executive chairman of WCM Global Long Short Limited (ASX: WLS)(previously Contango Income Generator Ltd); non-executive chairman (elect) of Global Electric Transport Pty Ltd.

Former directorships of listed entities during the past 5-year period being: non-executive chairman of Contango Microcap Limited (ASX: CTN) – resigned 13 October 2017 and non-executive director of Alice Queen Ltd (ASX: AQX) – resigned 30 June 2019, Director of Think Childcare Development Limited – resigned 9 December 2021, and Director of Think Childcare Limited – resigned 21 October 2021.

Mr Kerr is a member of the Company’s Audit Committee.


Non-Executive Director – Appointed 14 November 1996. Last elected 2019 AGM.

Dr Tyrwhitt has been a Director of the Company since 1996. He has more than 50 years of experience in the mining industry.

Dr Tyrwhitt worked for over 20 years with Newmont Mining Corporation in Australia, South-East Asia and the United States. During this time, he was responsible for the discovery of the Telfer Gold Mine in Western Australia. He was Chief Executive of Newmont Australia Limited between 1984 and 1988 and Chief Executive Officer of Ashton Mining Limited between 1988 and 1991. He established his own consultancy business in 1991 working in South-East Asia and China with several Australian, Canadian and British mining and exploration groups as a consulting geologist.

Dr Tyrwhitt is the Chairman of the Company’s Audit Committee. Dr Tyrwhitt holds no other directorships of listed entities.
Former directorships in the last three years of listed entities being Merlin Diamonds Limited (December 2011 to September 2019) and Northern Capital Resources Incorporated (January 2008 to October 2019).


Non-Executive Director – Appointed 30 October 2012; last re-elected 2020 AGM.

Mr. Liao, Yongzhong has served Guangdong Fenghua Advanced Technology (Holding) Co., Ltd. for more than 20 years. Since joining it in 1993, he has held the following significant posts: Vice General Manager and Secretary of the Board of Directors from October 2003 to July 2007, Director and Vice General Manager from January 2007 to August 2008, Vice General Manager from August 2008 to May 2018.

He holds concurrent posts of investment adviser of Guangdong Ligguang New Material Co.,Ltd. And Fenghua Mining Investment Holding (HK) Limited.


Non-Executive Director – Appointed 21 June 2021

Brian Thornton is a graduate in Economics from the Australian National University in Canberra and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia. He has a diverse background covering both the public and private sectors.

Over the last 25 years, his focus has been the exploration and minerals sector in Australia and SE Asia .

Through his company the Farrington Group , he has been engaged by some Australia’s largest and most respected exploration and mining companies in a range of corporate roles including corporate development, institutional and broker engagement, capital raisings, IPOs, M&A, proxy campaigns and investor relations.

Brian is the former Executive Chairman of Xanadu Mines Limited (ASX:XAM) which he founded in 2004. Xanadu is a pioneering exploration company in Mongolia and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in December 2010  with a market capitalisation on listing of more than $100m.

Xanadu remains the leading Australian listed minerals exploration company in Mongolia today. He stepped down as Chairman in 2013 and the board of Xanadu Mines remains a significant shareholder and an active investor in Mongolia.

Brian is the Director and sole shareholder of GEL Resources Pty Ltd, an unlisted Western Australian gold exploration company and producer in Joint Venture with Hawthorn at   Pinjin  in Western Australia. Gel has a 30% equity interest in the Trousers Legs Joint Venture at Pinjin with Hawthorn and has been actively involved in exploration in its own right in the SLTZ and in JV with Hawthorn for almost 20 years.

He was appointed a Non Executive Director of Hawthorn in  June 2021

Brian Thornton was appointed the Honorary Consul for Mongolia in New South Wales in December 2020 .


Non-Executive Director- Appointed 9 December 2015; elected as a Director 2019 AGM

Mr Liu, is a Geological professor-level senior engineer and a mineral processing senior engineer. He has worked on prospecting, exploration, mine construction, mine production and operation management, mining investment for around 40 years.

He has held the following significant posts:

Investment Director of a listed company (2018 to present) ;

Director and General Manager of Guangdong Rising Mineral Resources Investment and Development Co., Ltd (2016-2018) ;

Director and Vice General Manager of Guangdong Rising Mineral Resources Investment and Development Co., Ltd. (2014-2016);

Director, General Manager, and Chief Engineer of Guangdong Jinding Gold Co., Ltd (2010-2014);

Geological Section Vice Chief, Assistant to Mine director, vice mine director, director of Hetai Gold Mine in Gaoyao of Guangdong(1989-2010);

Technician, Mining Technical Manager in team 719 of Guangdong Geological and Mineral Bureau(1983-1989);

In addition, he has served as a member of the Membership Committee of the Shanghai Gold Exchange and the National Technical Committee on Gold of Standardization Administration of China. He has also served as a member of Senior Engineer (professor level) Commission on Accrediting of Guangdong Province.



Operations Manager


Chief Financial Officer


Company Secretary – BBS (Accounting and Finance)

After 15 years working in the Australian funds management office of HSBC in accounting, finance, fund operations, compliance, and IT where he held the roles of Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer, Glenn was a founding member of Contango Asset Management Limited – a boutique Australian Equities fund management firm – holding the positions of Chief Operating Officer and also as Finance Director and Company Secretary of the ASX listed investment company, Contango MicroCap Limited (ASX: CTN).

Since leaving Contango in 2017, Glenn has held roles of Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of ASX listed companies Global Health Limited (ASX: GLH) and Incannex Healthcare Limited (ASX: IHL) and since June 2021 is providing business management solutions and administration services for his clients. Glenn became Hawthorn’s Company Secretary in February 2022.